It was sad hearing about the passing away of Anthea Goodwin. She was an amazing
person who we developed a relationship with as a school many years ago. She very
quietly supported our efforts to build a curriculum that works outside our school. Her first
encounter with us was with building penguin boxes and then supporting us with our mahi
at Rangikapiti Pa. At the beginning of this term she was digging holes at our
Papatuanuku planting day. Encouraging others, sharing her knowledge and connecting
with the earth. Kua hinga te totara i te wao nui a Tane - The totara has fallen in the forest
Next year Mangonui School has been invited onto the Food for Schools programme. I n
2019, the Government introduced a two-year initiative to explore delivering a free and
healthy daily school lunch to Year 1 to 8 (primary and intermediate aged) in low decile
Providing lunch to all students in participating schools will make sure that every student
who needs a free lunch can access one, and will minimise any stigma that sometimes
comes with receiving free meals. Mangonui School will outsource to an external supplier
to provide lunches each day. We know some whanau will want to continue making their
child’s kai. That is fine. More details will come out soon.
We have just received our ‘Provisional Staffing’ for 2021. This notice tells us how many
teachers we can have in 2021. Our roll is growing which means our teacher entitlement
grows too. We are happy to report that we will have seven classrooms next year making
smaller classrooms. This year we also have employed another teacher who works with
small groups of students, this will continue in 2021.
Next term all classrooms will be part of our ‘Education Outside the Classroom Term 4’.
We use these outdoor opportunities to explore and connect with our local environment. It
also allows the students to experience new and enjoyable outdoor activities which
promote health and wellbeing. We really want and need or whanau to join in on these
days. It is great to see your child in the outdoors connecting with unique whenua and tai.
Newsletters for all classrooms will be coming out this week.
Millan and Alyssa, two of our senior leaders won the Principal award this week for
‘Stepping Up’ in their leadership roles. Mill’s does a lot of little things to support the
school. All those little things add up and we really appreciate it. Alyssa does a great job
in the library. Thank you for your efforts so we can have a functional library!